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On Ask a Humanities Grad Student

@MilesofMountains I hate to be this person but love of your topic is only about 5% of what will get you through a Ph.D. I absolutely LOVE (WORSHIP?) my topic and I just dropped out of my Ph.D program ABD in my 5th year. Love doesn't get you published (in fact, these days, saying controversial and often dumb things is what gets you published--or simply writing on terribly obscure things). Love doesn't help when your first Dissertation Chair retires to a foreign country; or when your second Chair leaves the department for greener pastures; or when your third chairs makes you reframe your entire project, adds a completely foreign topic to your prospectus requiring another year of research, and then just completely checks out of your life and your department because of family issues. Your love of the topic will not pay your medical bills when your health declines. Love for the topic WILL make you a better teacher BUT paying too much attention to your teaching will make your other work suffer and make your committee think less of you.

I loved grad school in many ways (hell, it changes/saved my life). But if you want to become a TT professor, only go to a top five grad school in your field else you'll end up teaching at South Eastern West Texas State for thirty grand a year with fifty thousand dollars in debt trying to explain to your sig other why they should move to the butt fuck of no where because you like teaching.

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm 3

On Mini Ask a Lady: Teenage Tattoos

@disgruntled co-worker Piercings are actually way grosser. Most (even ears) not fully close and they will produce weird puss for the rest of your life.

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:40 pm 0

On How to Know If You're Having the Same Wedding as Everyone Else on Pinterest

@parallel-lines Yeah! Don't make fun of my backyard, upcycled wedding. It only cost $1500 (unless you count Mr. Fizz's ensemble. He's a bit of a dandy.)

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm 1

On Do You Wear Underwear Under Leggings and Tights?

@professordarkheart Unless you're wearing some really baggy pants, you are producing vaginal discharge onto your pants and then putting them back up against your nethers. This is an excellent way to smell weird and to give yourself an infection.

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm 1

On Do You Wear Underwear Under Leggings and Tights?

@momo147 How often do you wash your pants?

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm 2

On Ask a Clean Person: Let's All Make... Our Beds

No! Absolutely not! I will not make my bed. In fact, I will go the entire month of March without doing anything besides pulling the duvet up. It doesn't make me feel better, cleaner, or more chipper--It makes me feel like a time wasting sucker.

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm 0

On Gifts, Brolessness, and More Grad School From the Underworld

@special_boots I'm gonna shout out in favor of the famale-friend having dude as well. My ex (and very close friend) is like this. We dated in our mid-late twenties for four years and are best friends into our thirties. He's shy. He doesn't like sports or video games. He's a radical progressive and hates racism and misogyny. He hangs out with a couple of my guy friends (and my husband) when I'm around but he just doesn't bro down. When we dated he went out drinking and whatnot with a couple of his former girlfriends and their best friends--He is the sort of guy that doesn't alienate the women he dates or their friends-he's practically a saint.

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm 1

On Treating and Sitting and Smoking and Talking

@dotcommie: I'm totally with you here. If someone expected me to pay every time I invited them out, they would see me much less often. And the Dude was being casually stupid by suggesting that this doesn't have to do with gender. If a female LW wrote in saying that her boyfriend expected her to pay for everything, everyone here would be calling that guy a useless mooch.

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm 0

On Frustrating Breakups, Jobs, and Hairstyles

@MalPal: I missed that one too. Just reading these posts makes my vulva cringe.

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm 0

On Happy Hour: What to Do With Campari

2 ounces of Rye, 1/2 ounce of campari, 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth. Garnish with an orange. The husband and I call it the Tenderoni.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm 1